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Review – Chocolate treats at York’s Chocolate Story

York's Chocolate Story

Whatever the likes of Belgium and Switzerland might say, York is the home of chocolate, introducing the world to such joy-bringers as Terrys Chocolate Orange and Kit Kats. If you need to have a break on a visit to York (and with children in tow, that’s a given), the cafe at York’s Chocolate Story is worth a try. While you won’t find a vegetable on the menu, it’s perfect for a sweet pick-me-up and has a fun Willy Wonka vibe that children love. We went along to try it out for ourselves and, to nobody’s surprise, it got the thumbs-up from the Little Vikings trio. 

Yorks Chocolate Story cafe

Whether you’re visiting the attraction or not, the cafe is worth a visit for the hot chocolate alone. Our nine-year-old declared it ‘the best hot chocolate in York’; high praise indeed from our self-styled hot chocolate expert. Although you can customise your own hot chocolate with a variety of flavours, from dark to caramel, mint to chilli, or even a shot of something alcoholic, she had the milk one with no extras and loved it. 

Yorks Chocolate Story cafe

Although it’s not a place for a full meal, the chocolate fondues are a fun pick-me-up that are guaranteed to power you through the rest of the day. It’s not a fondue in the traditional sense, but rather a pot of treats of your choice covered in delicious chocolate.  You can pick up to four ‘toppings’ for your pot – we chose a mixture of strawberries, brownie squares, flapjacks and shortbread – and within a few minutes they were delivered to us, slathered in warm, melted chocolate. While my sensible parental head screamed ‘No! So much sugar!’, my taste buds had other ideas. We almost reached the bottom of our pots and, as the kids cartwheeled across King’s Square, I consoled myself with the fact that at least the strawberries counted as one of their five a day…

York’s Chocolate Story, 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD

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